Greece [second version]

Place Europe: Greece
Accession Number ART26401
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 70.0 x 49.5 x 52.5 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description plaster, bronze patina, green patina
Maker Dadswell, Lyndon
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

This sculpture features a group of three soldiers from the 16th Brigade of the 6th Division. Dadswell was aware of the military historical significance of this sculpture of the campaign in Greece, which was not recorded by any other Australian artist, He wrote:
"The 'Greece' group represents the 16th Australian Infantry Brigade during its march back over Mount Olympus. Straining, climbing, exhausted, half-frozen soldiers. Owing to complete absence of roads, lack of unit transport, intense cold and great distances covered, this movement stands high as a feat of physical endurance."
Dadswell transcended his personal sense of the futility of the war to express great admiration for the determination and courage of these men who would not concede defeat in the face of such deprivation.
This is the Second version that Dadswell produced of 'Greece', before the final version that was cast in bronze in 1984. The first version was made in the Middle East in 1941, with this second, more refined version produced shortly after returning to Australia in April of 1942.